[LINK] Independent - Big Browser will watch your every
Wed, 21 Jun 2000 13:12:52 +1000
>Imagine a place where any government official, in any agency, can
>gain access to your financial details, your health records, your
>purchases, your mail. All your intimate personal data. Without a
>warrant, and without so much as ministerial authority.
We've already got those amendments in the ASIO Legislation passed last year.
I've even seen a stealth operation to gain access to data on a computer
system at an ISP in action. The Target was not the ISP but a user. It was
interesting to watch though.
Why watch? Well there was unusual network traffic that caught a monitoring
systems attention and ran alarm bells. It was unusual enough for the ISP's
T&C to be activated on the pretence that a users computer may be subject to
a hacking or vulnerability attack.
As such the ISP concerned monitored and logged the activity. When we
started to put the data together - it was traced back to interesting fingers.
The ISP has since put additional firewall measures in place to ensure
innocent people don't become victims to such an outlandish activity.
Needless to say the "user" concerned had their account terminated on the
basis that they were conducing illegal activities - yet another right under
the T&C :)
Maybe next time ASIO will contact the ISP and seek assistance, rather than
covertly screwing up their own operation because of the laws that protect ISPs.